For the city of Abilene, Texas the number of driving while impaired (DWI)
arrests declined in 2011. According to public records, Abilene city police
officers made nearly 200 fewer DWI arrests than they did in 2010. However,
it is uncertain whether fewer
Texas drunk driving charges are being issued in other cities across the state.
DWI arrests are serious business, costing cities and municipalities a lot
in both human lives and damaged property. Every city from Houston to Austin
would like to see the number of DWI arrests reduced. Not only are DWI
arrests costly for municipalities, a DWI charge can destroy an individual's
reputation and come with life altering consequences.
New Campaigns Proposed for 2012 to Further Reduce Arrests
In an attempt to build on the progress toward lowering DWI arrests, Abilene
will be introducing a new DWI campaign for 2012. Houston may also follow
with its own DWI campaign targeted at reducing impaired driving. While
officials have yet to offer specifics on 2012 campaigns, reducing drunk
driving is clearly on the minds of many officials.
Cities across Texas have been conducting various DWI campaigns. In some
cities, no refusal weekends have been used with success to curb impaired
driving over busy holiday weekends. During a no refusal weekend, search
warrants are sought for a blood sample, if the suspect refuses to provide a
breath sample. Other campaigns have focused on public education.
While the correlation between fewer arrests and less impaired driving is
difficult to determine, it is likely that drivers may finally be grasping
the seriousness of drinking and driving.
Source: KTXS News, "Abilene Police Hope Campaign Will Get DWI Arrests
Down Further In 2012," Jocelyn Tovar, Dec. 29, 2011.